Passport For Fashion
Reel works Studios at the NC Music Factory
817 Hamilton St.
Charlotte, NC 28206
www.passportforfashion.comDate: April 21, 2012
Price: Varies. $250 VIP, $50 front row, $30 runway, $25 General Admission
Hours: VIP hour – 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Doors open to public 7 p.m.
Both VIP and General Admission tickets are available for the event. VIP tickets include guaranteed seating for the fashion show, a VIP reception from 6-7 p.m., and swag bags. General admission tickets are for standing room access to the runway shows. All tickets include a passport to the dining and vendor area, live entertainment, entries in door prize drawings, and admission to the after-party and awards ceremony.
The second annual Passport for Fashion highlights Charlotte’s emerging role as a center for fashion and design. Scheduled for April 21, 2012 at Reelworks Studios in the N.C. Music Factory, the show features 125 models, 42 designers, runway shows, a competition of fashions created from recyclable materials, plus a round-the-world dining experience provided by ten of Charlotte’s top restaurants. Featured on the runway at this year’s event is the couture of Luis Carlos Machicao, a Peruvian-born designer who has presented his collections in Houston, Austin, San Francisco, Miami, and at New York’s Fashion Week.
New this year, a Doggy Couture runway show features the pet fashions of Michigan designer Sugar Chic modeled by Charlotte’s cutest dogs. A portion of the proceeds from this year’s Passport for Fashion benefit Project Halo, a no-kill animal sanctuary in Charlotte that rescues homeless or unwanted pets. The unique Recyclable Fashion competition fills the runway with eco-friendly couture composed of cast-off and overlooked materials. Last year’s entries included dresses created from hair foils, shopping bags, used paint brushes, beer cans and much more. The 2011 event drew a crowd of 2,500 attendees.
The evening of fashion begins with live music by two bands as guests enjoy a flute of rose champagne and cruise Passport for Fashion’s vendor room showcasing artisan jewelry, gifts, party enhancements and local arts and crafts. Along the way, they’ll get their passports stamped at food tables featuring cuisine ranging from Southern Soul to the exotic dishes of Morocco. Participating restaurants include Chima Brazilian Steakhouse, Brio Tuscan Grille, La Paz Mexican Restaurant, Enso Asian Bistro and Sushi Bar, and Miro Spanish Grille. Eight local bars will be on hand to provide fashion enthusiasts with margaritas, martinis, sake, beer, wine, and signature cocktails.
Following the runway shows and Recyclable competition, an after-party and awards ceremony revs up onsite. Winners will be announced in the Recyclable Fashion category as well as best hair and makeup, and best male and female models.
“Agents from New York and Los Angeles came to our first Passport for Fashion to scout talent,” Rita Miles, founder of Charlotte Seen and organizer of the event, said. “We’ve seen our models go on to runways in New York, Milan, and Paris.” Charlotte Seen also organizes the annual Charlotte Fashion Week, scheduled for September 17-22, 2012.
Below are some Charlotte regional designers to watch for at Passport to Fashion 2012.
Candace Frieden, a Georgia native who now calls Charlotte home, is being recognized as an emerging designer at this year’s event. Featured in the runway collection, Frieden will be showcasing classic and vintage inspired silhouettes with a unique twist of contemporary African wax prints.
Kevin Carter for KevinVain
At only 18 years old, Kevin Carter is one of the youngest designers to watch at Passport to Fashion this year. His creativity stems from modifying clothing to create unique looks. Pasport for Fashion goers will catch glimpses of Carter’s edgy couture with bold prints, lots of leathers and spikes, plus KevinVain’s first menswear collection in the runway collection this year.
Alta~Cation is the brainchild of designers Jennifer Murphy and Amanda Stevens. Their artistic approach to clothing and hand-sewn pieces, create unique and eye catching looks. Alta~Cation’s one-of-a-kind hand-made dress of canvas, bubble wrap, bottle caps, paper clips and thread can be seen in the Recyclable Fashion competition.
Flavia Isabella Lovatelli
Flavia Lovatelli draws inspiration from her spirituality and reverence of nature. Four of Lovatelli’s dresses made of paper, each different in style and construction will be shown in the Recyclable Fashion competition.
Marcee Rosar Musgrove for White Lotus Arts
Marcee Musgrove’s passion for silk is contagious, and her soft, colorful designs make for gorgeous, fashionable scarves. Musgrove’s silk dress created out of repurposed silk scarves in the Recyclable Fashion competition.
Crystal Pickard for Bookie Fashion
Crystal Pickards has been passionate about design since grade school, and now works with top designers from around the world. Catch Pickard’s dress of recycled glass and metal welded to create a strong, yet feminine silhouette at the Recyclable Fashion portion.
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